Front Porch: Quiet Light Candles Christmas Festival

Find gifts for everyone on your shopping list at this annual event held at the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord in Stanwood.

The small convent of Orthodox Christian nuns supports itself by making 100 percent beeswax candles. As the candles burn, they give off a sweet honey scent, clean the air naturally and relieve allergies.

Everyone who visits is invited on a free tour, where you can make your own candle. The annual event opens at noon today.

Hours are noon-7 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 22. Call the convent to arrange a weekday visit.

The convent is located at 29206 64th Ave NW, Stanwood.

For more information or directions, call 360-629-0285 or go to

Musical tribute: The Everett Philharmonic is featuring a tribute to Kent Coleman, the noted violin teacher from Bothell/Mill Creek who suddenly died in 2007.

The philharmonic will present this tribute during its weekend concert “Music for the Imagination.” The piece will be performed by one of Coleman’s former students, Rachel Wong, at the Everett Philharmonic concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 2911 Colby Ave.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Wong, 21, is from Lynnwood and is studying violin out of state. The concert will also feature “Peter and the Wolf.” Tickets are $10 and up.

For more information, call 206-270-9729 or go to

Meet Santa: Snohomish is celebrating Home for the Holidays today featuring Santa Claus lighting up the Christmas tree in the historic downtown.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of First Street and Avenue B. He’ll be available for photos to anyone with their own camera from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bee Bops and Lollipops store, 1112 First St. There is no cost for the pictures.

For more information, go to

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